MANKATO, Minn. – The No. 4-seeded Minnesota Morris women’s basketball team (17-10) concluded its 2019-20 season with a 53-43 loss to the top-seeded Bethany Lutheran Vikings (22-3) in the semifinal round of the UMAC Tournament Wednesday night.
With the score tied at 4-4 with 5:56 to go in the first quarter, Bethany Lutheran was able to outscore the Cougars down the stretch to take a 19-9 lead into the second quarter.
During the second quarter, senior Mia Wassink scored eight of her 16 points on the night, which included a pair of 3-pointers.
The Cougars were able to use the second quarter to bring the game within six at 28-22 heading into halftime.
Coming out of the break, it was all Minnesota Morris as the Cougars used a 16-4 run to take a 38-32 lead over the Vikings with 2:58 to go in the third.
After three quarters of play complete, Minnesota Morris held a 40-39 lead over the home team.
Following a pair of free throws from Emily Skrien to open the fourth, Jay Kwateh completed the three-point play to make it 43-41, but Bethany Lutheran went on to score the final 12 points of the game en route to the 53-43 victory.
Wassink led the team with 16 points – she scored in double-figures in 26 of 27 games this season. Kwateh tied a career-best 10 points and secured a career-best seven rebounds.
The Cougars are slated to return 12 members of the team next season.
Becca Holland, Wassink, and Abby Van Kempen closed out the careers Wednesday night.
Wassink scored 435 points this season, which ranks fifth all-time for points in a season at UMN Morris. Holland tallied 88 assists this season, which ranks 10th all-time for assists in a season at UMN Morris.
Lexus Eagle Chasing recorded 69 steals this season, which ranks fourth all-time for steals in a season at UMN Morris. A. Van Kempen’s 218 rebounds this season were the fifth-most in program history.